Sons and Lovers

by

D. H. Lawrence

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Flowers

Flowers symbolize femininity and female sexuality in Sons and Lovers. Women are referred to as flowers or compared with flowers throughout the novel. When William describes his many female admirers to Paul, he…

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The Moon

The moon is associated with motherhood in the novel and represents the oppressive bond that exists between Mrs. Morel and Paul. When Mrs. Morel is pregnant with Paul, she has a fight with her…

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Darkness

Darkness represents hidden or unconscious desire in the novel. When Miriam and Paul have sex for the first time, Paul leads Miriam into a dark place among some fir trees and says that he “wishes…

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